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Spring festivals in Europe

Spring Festivals in Central and Eastern Europe

Spring is a big deal in Central and Eastern Europe. That’s not only because many of these countries were once pagan, but also because they have to put up with a long, dark winter. So when spring finally comes around, people are ready to celebrate. Most spring festivals in Central … Read More

Prague Beer Garden

Where to Watch the World Cup in Europe

Team USA might not have made it to the Finals, but if you’re traveling in Europe this summer there will be no escaping the excitement around Football’s Greatest Show on Earth. Most of the Continent is mad for soccer (call it football when you’re there, please) and there will be … Read More

Coffee, Tea and Slovenian Sweets: The Best Cafes in Ljubljana

Who doesn’t love Ljubljana? Okay, maybe you’ve never visited the charming capital of Slovenia, but once you see the city you’ll certainly want to stay. Especially once you set foot in the best cafes in Ljubljana. There’s a laid-back atmosphere throughout the city, and you’ll feel it especially where coffee … Read More

Darcy & Lloyd’s Trip Feedback in Words and Pictures

We love getting trip reports and feedback from our guests. We especially love it when one of the guests is an artist, like Darcy Lynn, and she sent us several of the paintings she has produced based on her travels with her husband Lloyd, on two trips we arranged, to … Read More

Lipizzan horses

Where to Find the Legendary Lipizzan Horses

Even if you’ve never heard of Lipizzan horses, you probably know what they look like. These beautiful white horses are practically the stuff of legend. The breed dates back to the 16th century, when they were intended for the Hapsburg royal family. A village in modern-day Slovenia, Lipica, or Lipizza in Italian, … Read More

Where to Go in 2016?

It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to possible spring and summer vacation destinations. Travel journalists are particularly good at coming up with lists, so we’ve collated our own list-of-lists. For travellers who prefer to tread where none of your friends have ventured before, we’ve added our own suggestions for cities that … Read More

Slovenia for Foodies

Slovenia is a country of contrasts. You can have a mountain adventure in the Julian Alps, experience culture and a lively street scene in Ljubljana or sun yourself on the country’s tiny bit of coast in Slovene Istria. These distinctions also extend to the country’s cuisine. The small country boasts … Read More

Lake Bohinj

Bled & Bohinj Lakes: A Day Trip from Ljubljana

If you’re staying in Ljubljana then a day trip out to these beautiful lakes is an absolute must. In less than an hour’s drive north-west of the city you can be at Lake Bled. Try and avoid weekends though, as when we were there last time (on a Sunday) the traffic getting out of the Bled area was heavy and finding parking wasn’t easy either. It seemed like all of Ljubljana was there!

Once you’re at Lake Bled, there are many ways to spend the day. To get the very best view of the lake you’ve got to take a hike to (or drive to the car park of) Bled Castle. Standing guard over the lake since 1004, its elevated position affords breathtaking vistas or the Julian Alps to the north and over the lake and of the island in the middle. Entrance is a hefty 10 Euros. Students get a 3 Euro discount.

Back down to the lakeside next you can choose to rent a bike and cycle the circumference, it’s just over 4 miles so shouldn’t take long and could even be walked comfortably in under a couple of hours. If it’s a hot day, head to the ‘Castle Bathing Area’ directly below the castle rock, the only official designated swimming area on the lake.

If you’d rather take to the water by boat, then you can either take a Pletna, the traditional flat-bottomed boat, out to the island – it’s a 12 Euro round trip, or if you’re feeling energetic, row yourself out there. Rowboat rental costs €15 for the first hour and €10 for each subsequent hour.

If all that exercise has worked up an appetite then you could do worse than taking a table on the informal terrace of Villa Preseren and ordering a full meal, just a starter (the trio of octopus salad, smoked tuna carpaccio and caprese was a good selection last time) or a coffee and a slice the irresistible kremšnita, the creamy sweet cake that Bled is known for.

If you have time, then we definitely recommend the 15 minutes or so drive further on that will take you to Lake Bohinj. Whereas Bled is very  developed, with plenty of hotels, cafes and restaurants, Bohinj is much more natural and peaceful.

Planning a trip to Slovenia? We’d love to put together a Slovenia travel package just for you. Get in touch to find out more!

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Jazz at Ljubljana Castle, Fall 2012

Starting on the 29th of August is a cycle of 6 concerts, held at Ljubljana castle, the medieval fortress that sits high above the city. The concerts are brought together under the name of “Milestones” and feature six Slovenian acts that are very popular locally. 29 September: Kaja Draksler BadBooshBand 5 … Read More

Széchenyi Thermal Baths

7 Hotspots for your Europe Summer Vacation

Still weighing up where to go in Europe this year? Here are a few destinations that are popular with our guests for summer 2012. 1. Hvar, Croatia – relax with the jetset Europe’s sunniest island is popular with the stars of Hollywood and the sporting world – Hvar‘s guest book … Read More

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